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Career Development

Next Steps at Vanderbilt’s career development program of study assists students in developing the skills, experiences and supports necessary for a successful transition into paid employment upon graduation. 

Career Development Activities Include:

Career Exploration

  • Career awareness and discovery of interests
  • Development of employability skills: professional workplace conduct, soft skills, self-advocacy
  • Exploration of at least two career fields
  • Begin developing transferable job skills


  • Identifying career interests
  • Increased independence in employability skills
  • Developing transferable job skills


  • Defined career goals
  • Strong employability skills
  • Refining transferable job skills in desired career field
  • Strengthen self-advocacy skills and professionalism

Within our Career Technology courses, students evaluate career options, and develop employment skills around job searching, developing resumes, completing job applications, and interviewing. 

Through course work, career exploration, employment experiences, and campus involvement, students develop the following competencies:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Oral/Written Communication
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Use of Technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Career Development:
  • Intercultural Fluency

Students will navigate through the program based upon their individual, demonstrated skill level of each competency.

Upon completion of the program, students will have:

  • identified career interest related to their skills
  • developed a resume of varied work experience
  • cultivated and refined workplace skills through in class sessions, internships and paid employment.

 We are happy to report that 91% of Next Steps graduates have paid employment. *

*updated as of February 2020. 

See our  list of past internship sites and places our students are currently employed .